Erica graduated from the University of Minnesota and joined the firm in 2002. Over the last two decades she has emerged as an inspiring and effective leader, fostering positive change and substantial growth for Pope Architects. When promoted to partner in 2014, she became the firm’s youngest and its first female stockholder. The promotion to Vice President recognizes her dedication to the profession, to her clients, and her commitment to the growth and success of the firm.
“Erica has dedicated her entire career and her exceptional talents to the ongoing success of Pope Architects. I have been fortunate to know her as a friend, co-worker and partner, and am now extremely excited about our future with her as Vice President. I can’t think of anyone more deserving.” said Ward Isaacson, President of Pope Architects.
Erica leads Pope’s Workplace Strategy Group where she manages programming, facility planning and design of corporate offices for many local, Fortune 500 and global companies. She also manages Pope’s Healthcare practice, overseeing employees and client accounts, while leading the design of mental health, outpatient and inpatient settings. Her passion for mental health awareness has helped shape the firm’s focus in designing supportive mental health settings that are safe, modern, and therapeutic for patients and families.
Erica serves on the Minnesota State Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Survey, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design, and is on the Board of Directors for the PrairieCare Child and Family Fund. She is a Certified Interior Designer, a Certified Healthcare Interior Designer through the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, Evidence-Based Design Accredited and Certified through the Center of Health Design, and a LEED Accredited Professional through USGBC.
Pope Architects’ leadership team includes Managing Principals Ward Isaacson – President & CEO, Erica Larson – Vice President, Paul Holmes – Vice President, Gonzalo Villares, and Sandra Buehler – CFO; Principals Tom Kuck, Greg Woollums, Amy Maldonado and Christine Soma; and Associates Brock Martinson and Rebecca Frenning.